Through the Skylight by Ian Baucom

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Two tantalizing tales, magically intertwined, cross cultures and span centuries as three kids set out to save the lives of three others—who just happen to live in the Middle Ages!

A stone lion roars...
A sleek black cat speaks...
A faun leaps from the canvas of a painting...

When Jared, Shireen, and Miranda are each given one glittering gift from an old Venetian shopkeeper, they never fathom the powers they are now able to unleash; they never expect that their very reality is about to be utterly upended. And the adventure has hardly begun.

For in another time, centuries earlier, another trio—Rashid, Maria, and Francesca—have been thrown together under terrible circumstances: They have been kidnapped and, along with hundreds of other children, will be sold into child slavery. Unless, that is, they can find some way to save them all.

But all their fates lie in the hands of Jared, Shireen, and Miranda. The future—and the lives—of these three very modern children become entirely intertwined with those of the children from the past. Danger, it seems, has a way of spanning centuries.

“Reminiscent to Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart.” —School Library Journal

About Ian Baucom

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Ian Baucom is a professor and Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. He is the author of several books for adults and currently lives with his wife and children in Durham, North Carolina.Justin Gerard won an IPPY Award for his interpretation of Beowolf: Grendel the Ghastly. He lives in South Carolina.
Published March 19, 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 401 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Six kids--three from the modern-day United States, three from Venice in the late Middle Ages--struggle to right ancient wrongs in this engaging fantasy adventure.

Jan 16 2013 | Read Full Review of Through the Skylight

Gr 4–8—Jared, Shireen, and Miranda and their parents are in Venice for a semester. The siblings' days are filled with endless trips to museums and churches, but when they each receive a magical gift from a storekeeper, their days and nights fill with danger and adventure. Miranda's ring allows he...

May 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Through the Skylight

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